“Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.” 2 Corinthians 9:13.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; 1 Samuel 6-7, Psalm 72, and 2 Corinthians 9.
Something must accompany my belief in God.
There must be actions that flow smoothly from a changed life.
When I contrive to do good, I am a sham. God is not fooled. Folks in my midst might be fooled, but not God. He knows my motivations.
Ideally, I am Godly naturally. What I do will flow from my love for Him.
God has given me a conscience and I thank Him for it. That conscience tells me when my relationship to God requires an action that I may not have naturally been inclined to do. I love that conscience but I long for the day when I don’t need my conscience telling me what to do and not to do. I want to naturally be Godly!
How can this be done? It requires an ongoing, all-seasons relationship to Him. There is no “down” time. There is no separation from Him. I will, in fact, be mindful of Him.
“Lord, I want Your Ways to be my ways. I want Your Ways to flow from me naturally as part of a Godly way of life. Take me over, Lord. Run my life. Guide me, I beg. I love You, Father.”
Our Godly acts must not be contrived.